bedroom tax (under-occupancy penalty)

  • Bedroom tax “saints” take fight to the Court of Appeal

    July 21, 2015
    press release

    Two grandparents and their severely disabled grandson hit by the bedroom tax won the right today to take their case to the Court of Appeal. The Court ruled that the Rutherford family, who appeared on the BBC documentary Saints and Scroungers, should have their appeal heard before the end of the year.

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  • Challenging the bedroom tax: update

    Issue 237 (December 2013)
    article

    David Simmons provides an update on the 'bedroom tax'.

  • DWP FINDS BEDROOM TAX DEEPENS POVERTY AND DOESN’T FREE UP ACCOMMODATION

    December 17, 2015
    press release

    Responding to the DWP’s own evaluation of the bedroom tax, published today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham, said:

     “The DWP’s own evaluation finds that the ‘bedroom tax’ is not only pushing families into hardship but it’s also failing to free up more accommodation for families, the key argument ministers used to justify this controversial policy. This is a long and deep look at a hugely controversial policy – it really should not have been released just as MPs rise for Christmas.

     

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  • Family with disabled child to appeal against ‘bedroom tax’ ruling

    30 May 2014
    news

    CPAG and the Rutherfords judicial review challenge has been dismissed by the High Court - but we will fight on. Read the press release for the full story.

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  • Family with disabled child to appeal against ‘bedroom tax’ ruling

    May 30, 2014
    press release

    Two grandparents caring for a severely disabled child hit by the “bedroom tax” vowed to fight on today, after their judicial review challenge was dismissed by the High Court. Paul and Susan Rutherford care for their 14-year-old grandson Warren in a specially adapted home that includes a room for professional carers to stay in overnight. Their housing benefit has been reduced as they are deemed to have a spare bedroom.

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  • From bedroom to courtroom: challenging the ‘bedroom tax’

    Issue 236 (October 2013)
    article

    There have been several recent challenges to the much criticised bedroom tax/removal of the spare room subsidy. CPAG’s Legal Officer Mike Spencer gives an update and advice on how affected tenants can appeal.

  • Help us monitor the real impacts of welfare reform in London

    28 May 2013
    news

    CPAG has launched a new online tool for advisers to tell us about the effects of benefit changes in London. We need your help to show the real impact of welfare reform on families.

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  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


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    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

  • What is happening to discretionary housing payments?


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    If you had heard the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, reassuring MP on Monday this week about future funding levels of Discretionary Housing Payments (which help vulnerable families hit by housing benefit cuts to meet their rent payments and prevent homelessness), you would be forgiven for believing that, on this issue, the Government was making adequate resources available to meet needs. And no-one would blame you for not realising that funding for this lifeline has been cut by 24% for next year.

  • ‘Bedroom tax’ legal hearing for children with overnight care needs

    14 May 2014
    news

    Child Poverty Action Group is acting for Susan and Paul Rutherford today at the High Court in a judicial review challenge to the ‘bedroom tax’. They care for their 13 year old grandchild, Warren, in a specially adapted home that includes a room for overnight carers to stay in.

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